Foldable! Two, probably! Those are your headliners. Samsung tipped its hand with the event invite, which features a pair of geometrical objects representing the new and Galaxy Z Flip. We won’t be seeing the other headliner at the event (Deadliner? Endliner?). The company confirmed via the corporate blog that we won’t see the next version of the next week. That’s a significant break from the device’s long-standing annual refresh cycle.
We still don’tif this is the end-end of the line for the phablet. , “We will not launch new Galaxy Note devices in 2021. Instead, Samsung plans to continue to expand the Note experience and bring many of its , including the S Pen, across our Galaxy ecosystem. We will on our future portfolio once we announce.” Rumors surfaced before this revelation that the may have been forced to put the device on hold as global supply chain issues continue to hamstring manufacturers. However, there’s also an argument to be made that Samsung has gradually made the Note redundant over the S updates.
It seems telling that the company referred to a forthcoming “flagship” in its official Unpacked copy. With the Note out of the picture and the Galaxy S about six months out from a refresh, this appears to refer to the Galaxy Fold gaining the (admittedly ceremonial) title. Whether that means two or three flagships in the company’s Armada remains to be seen. What we do know, however, is that — like the Galaxy S before it — at least one of the forthcoming foldable will be blurring that Note line.
“I hope you’ll join us as we debut our next Galaxy Z family and share some foldable surprises — including the first-ever S Penfor foldable phones,” the company’s president and head of Mobile Communications Business, TM Roh, wrote. The executive promised an “even more refined style, armed with more durable, stronger material” on the new Galaxy Z Flip. Previous and subsequent leaks have given us good looks at the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3. It wouldn’t be a Samsung event if everything didn’t out before the event.
A series of tweets from EVLeaks has given us nearly every angle of the upcoming, along with (European) prices that put the Fold and Flip starting at €1,899 and €1,099, respectively. Both mark a sizable decrease from the previous generation. That’s nice — if not entirely surprising. Samsung’s plan has been a prolonged drop in pricing as foldable technology scaled. We’re still far for more users.
Otherfor the Fold/Flip include a 7.6/6.7-inch internal display, a Snapdragon 888 processor (both), and 12MP triple/dual cameras. Interestingly, is also reportedly on board here. With a year of , the company seems to have a better idea of pacing. Samsung and many other companies in the space took liberties when events went more from in-person to online, meeting out announcements event by event. Thankfully, Unpacked is a much bigger, self-contained event.